The third and final New Frontier documentary closes out today’s profiles: Doug Aitken’s STATION TO STATION, an omnibus project exploring creativity on a cross-country train trip.
Sundance Program Description:
Sending a burning arrow into the stunting effects that the compartmentalization of culture has on how creativity manifests, visual artist Doug Aitken embarked on an experiment exploring a less materialistic and more nomadic direction of art creation, exhibition, and participation. STATION TO STATION involved a train that crossed North America housing a constantly changing creative community including artists, musicians, and curators, who collaborated in the creation of recordings, artworks, films, and 10 unique happenings across the country.
A high-speed road trip through modern ideas, the formally innovative film STATION TO STATION is composed of 61 individual one-minute films that feature profiles shot before, during, and after the trip, and capture indelible moments of the journey such as Beck performing with a gospel choir in the Mojave desert. STATION TO STATION is a kaleidoscope of experience and artistic production, as much as it is a story of our evolving creative culture.
Artist Doug Aitken has been featured in New Frontier before with THE SOURCE (EVOLVING) (2014) and SLEEPWALKERS (2008). Joining him again from those projects are editor Austin Meredith and producer Chris Totushek, with Alex Waite also serving as producer here.
Why You Should Watch:
Aitken’s project is a fast-paced, adventurous, multivalent exploration of the creative process across various disciplines.
For more information, visit the film’s website and Facebook page. As they become available, I’ll link to upcoming features, such as Sundance’s Meet the Artists profile. For screening dates and times at Sundance, click the link in the first paragraph.
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